Predicting Visitors Using Location-Based Social Networks

Muhammad Aamir Saleem, Felipe Soares Da Costa, Peter Dolog, Panagiotis Karras, Torben Bach Pedersen, Toon Calders

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Location-based social networks (LBSN) are social networks complemented with users’ location data, such as geotagged activity data. Predicting such activities finds application in marketing, recommendation systems, and logistics management. In this paper, we exploit LBSN data to predict future visitors at given locations. We fetch the travel history of visitors by their check-ins in LBSNs and identify five features that significantly drive the mobility of a visitor towards a location: (i) historic visits, (ii) location category, (iii) time, (iv) distance, and (v) friends’ activities. We provide a visitor prediction model, CMViP, based on collective matrix factorization and influence propagation. CMViP first utilizes collective matrix factorization to map the first four features to a common latent space to find visitors having a significant potential to visit a given location. Then, it utilizes an influence-mining approach to further incorporate friends of those visitors, who are influenced by the visitors’ activities and likely to follow them. Our experiments on two real-world datasets show that our methods outperform the state of art in terms of precision and accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM)
Number of pages6
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Publication date28 Jun 2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4134-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4133-0
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018
EventIEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management - Comwell Hvide Hus Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 26 Jun 201828 Jun 2018
Conference number: 19


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management
LocationComwell Hvide Hus Aalborg
Internet address
SeriesIEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM)


  • Collective matrix factorization
  • Influence propagation
  • Location based Social Networks
  • Visitor prediction


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